Defense

April 18, 2014

Smarter spending for Air Force acquisitions

Tags:
SSgt. Torri Ingalsbe
Washington, D.C.

Maj. Gen. Wendy Masiello briefs attendees April 16, 2014, on how today’s budget environment is driving change for both government and industry as part of the Air Force Association breakfast series in Arlington, Va. She said there have been great examples recently in better buying power practices, especially in the reduction of overhead costs and “cleaning up” the proposal processes. Masiello is the deputy assistant secretary for contracting.

Finding efficiencies within the acquisition process was the top talking point for Maj. Gen. Wendy Masiello, deputy assistant secretary for contracting, when she spoke with members of the Air Force Association and the media during the AFAs monthly breakfast April 16, 2014,†in Arlington, Va.

Our industry partners have been hearing that we are struggling budget-wise, Masiello said. The dollars are going down, and we need to work together to reduce the cost of the programs in the future so we can continue to afford the programs we already have in place.

She said there have been great examples recently in better buying power practices, especially in the reduction of overhead costs and cleaning up the proposal processes.

If there is one thing that can help us shrink our acquisition timeline, its to get those proposals right in the beginning, she explained.

Masiello noted challenges and opportunities to find savings still exist within the acquisition arena, particularly the supply chain management portion.

There may be additional opportunities to find improvements in costs, and make sure that (the prime contractors) are truly getting the quality of work at the price we should be paying for that work from some of their suppliers, she said.

Masiello briefed the audience on the top five priorities of the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition as a way ahead for more responsible and efficient spending, to include: staying focused on the high priority programs and keeping them on track; improving relationships and transparency with partners and stakeholders to include Congress and industry; owning the technical baseline for important programs; focusing on the better buying practices that will have the biggest payoff; and focusing on what technology means in building the Air Force for 2023 and beyond
Masiello said these are the key things Air Force acquisition experts are targeting to save dollars and continue efficient operations under more constrained budgets.

Its our job to be responsible (to the tax payers) in managing those taxes and where we spend our money in the long run, Masiello said.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Air Force photograph by 1st Lt. Jake Bailey

Cope South experts exchange knowledge, techniques

Air Force photograph by 1st Lt. Jake Bailey TSgt. Sam Bishop, center left, and SSgt. Jeffrey Stephens discuss propeller maintenance with Bangladesh air force maintainers, from the 101st Special Flying Unit, during exercise Cope...
 
 

Air Force names 2-star to lead F-35 Integration Office

With the initial operating capability date of the F-35 Lightning II quickly approaching, the Air Force appointed Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian as the director of a larger Air Force F-35 Integration Office, Feb. 1. In addition to gaining new leadership, the F-35 Integration Office will also grow from a staff of four to 12 and...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash

Air Force risks becoming too small to succeed under sequestration

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee Jan. 28, 2015, in Washington, D.C., as Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joesph F. Dunf...
 

 
Navy photograph by Ens. Jessica Kellogg

USS Elrod is decommissioned

Navy photograph by Ens. Jessica Kellogg The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55) returns to her homeport at Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. This w...
 
 

AF Identifies Boeing 747-8 platform for next Air Force One

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, in coordination with the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, has determined the Boeing 747-8 will serve as the next presidential aircraft, commonly known as Air Force One. “The presidential aircraft is one of the most visible symbols of the United States of...
 
 
Navy photograph

USS Roosevelt marks 200,000 trap

Navy photograph An F/A-18F Super Hornet flown by Capt. Daniel Grieco, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), and Capt. Benjamin Hewlett, deputy commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, complet...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>